"1) The Meridian Gate" Forbidden City - The Palace Museum Tip by cal6060
Forbidden City - The Palace Museum, Beijing: 475 reviews and 998 photos
The Meridian Gate is the main south entrance to the Forbidden City. This should be the starting point to see the Forbidden City. It is the tallest building in the Forbidden City with maximum 38-meters height. This "U" shape tower comes with five skirt-roof towers covered with yellow glazed titles. The five towers are called " Five Pavilion Tower". There were major emperor's ceremonies held here including the receiving of the captives of war, and issuing the official lunar calender. This was the gate used by local officials entered the Forbidden City to offer the clay cattle and decorative memorial archways, which represent spring ploughing, to the emperor, empress and empress dowager.
The Hall for the gate is used as local Art Gallery.
NEXT: Hall of Martial Valor (Wuyin Hall)
In Chinese: 午门 (Wu Men)
Address: North of Tiananmen Square
Directions: In the Forbidden City.
Phone: 010-85007422, 85007421
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